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Oxidative stress and inflammation in Parkinson's disease: is there a causal link?
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a dramatic loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra (SN). Among the many pathogenic mechanisms thought to contribute to the demise of these cells, dopamine-dependent oxidative stress has classically taken center stage due to extensive experimental evidence showing that dopamine-derived reactive oxygen species and oxidized dopamine metabolites are toxic to nigral neurons. In recent years, however, the involvement of neuro-inflammatory processes in nigral degeneration has gained increasing attention. Not only have activated microglia and increased levels of inflammatory mediators been detected in the striatum of deceased PD patients, but a large body of animal studies points to a contributory role of inflammation in dopaminergic cell loss. Recently, postmortem examination of human subjects exposed to the parkinsonism-inducing toxin, 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP), revealed the presence of activated microglia decades after drug exposure, suggesting that even a brief pathogenic insult can induce an ongoing inflammatory response. Perhaps not surprisingly, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been shown to reduce the risk of developing PD. In the past few years, various pathways have come to light that could link dopamine-dependent oxidative stress and microglial activation, finally ascribing a pathogenic trigger to the chronic inflammatory response characteristic of PD.
Department of Pharmacology, Danish University of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jagtvej 160, 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark.
Disease Models, Animal
Pub Type(s)Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't